Sunday, November 11, 2012

Mama Speaks Italiano? Non Capisco!

Every once in awhile Mama starts singing Italian songs & says a few words or sentences in Italian. I'm surprised at this because I don't remember hearing any Italian spoken in our home while growing up other than curse words or Italian foods. We were American & my parents didn't speak Italian... so much for our roots, I remember her pot roast more than her lasagna.

Vin: I've never heard you speak so much Italian before.
Mama: I speak more Italian HERE than I did at home! They look at me like I'm crazy but I'm not crazy, I'm Italian!
Vin: No one said you're crazy, but it's funny that you've started speaking Italian now, doncha think?

She doesn't answer, but she breaks out singing a few songs in Italian (here's the video)

Vin: Mama, what the hell are you singing? It's in Italian!!! Do you know what the words mean? Non capisco (I don't understand.) What does it mean?

She starts to translate a few words, I don't know if she's right or just bull sh*ting me again. Besides, I understand Spanish better than Italian - remember I'm from the Bronx!

To add to the confusion, many of the staff at the nursing home occasionally speak to Mama in Italian (which is really odd because none of them are remotely Italian.) It can get pretty confusing, but also very comical & Mama plays right along with "her" version of Italian. Si grazie! Bene, bene. 

I think to myself what the hell is going on? Where am I & who is this woman? Then I take a few steps back & realize that Mama isn't the only one who gets confused these days... ah dios mío!

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